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PACHICA - Embossing

Embossing, Debossing

Embossing and debossing give paper a 3-dimensional feel by creating raised or indented impressions.
Achieved by pressing between male and female dies, these processes provide visual enrichment, resulting in a luxurious product.



One of a series of books about historical architecture for the visually impaired.
Published in France, this is a tactile book, designed for sharing the delights of Carcassonne through touch.
PACHICA is highly suitable for embossing. Brass dies are used to create deeply embossed and debossed images.

Paper: PACHICA 1091 x 788 mm S/G 407gsm
Process: embossing
Art direction & design: Cyril Cohen
Plate designer: Christian Bessigneul
Finishing Company: CRÉANOG
Publisher: Éditions du patrimoine 

CASE 03: ARAVEAL - Deuxieme Classe catalogue 2004


Kataoshi embossing with a pattern of small flowers was used for this catalog based on the theme of Nice, France.
Kataoshi is an old embossing technique in which a pattern is stamped into the entire sheet of paper
by passing it through metal rolls that have a pattern cut into them.Traditional patterns, such as ripples
and textured patterns, have been used in wrapping paper and paper for packaging applications since olden times.

Paper: ARAVEAL-FSsnow white 1091 x 788 mm S/G 81gsm
           * Brand name when produced: ARAVEAL
Process: Kataoshi 
Design: Yoko Inoue
Client: Deuxieme Classe

CASE 02: SOFLIGHT ROUGH - minä perhonen family crests coasters 2003


These coasters were made for an exhibition that had family crests as its theme.
Debossing with SOFLIGHT paper, which has a fluffy texture, enabled the formation of soft,
refined shapes reminiscent of traditional Japanese wagashi and rakugan sweets.

Paper: SOFLIGHT ROUGH cream 1091 x 788 mm S/G 500gsm
Process: debossing
Design: Akira Minagawa + Atsuki Kikuchi
Client: minä perhonen

CASE 01: NT RASHA - Bookstore presentation folder 2012


This folder is one of the products commemorating the launch of a bookstore.
The T pattern from the store's exterior is recreated with NT RASHA, a soft paper incorporating cotton, using heavy embossing to give rounded impressions on the front of the folder.
Paper: NT RASHA snow white 1091 x 788 mm S/G 244gsm
Process: embossing + foil stamping
Design: Kenya Hara + Hara Design Institute
Client: Culture Convenience Club Co., Ltd.
1. Use male and female dies.
2. Press the paper between them.